Creation Workstation: Large format personal desktop factory
Creation Workstation: Large format personal desktop factory
A multi-function, CNC, 3D Printing, Laser, Engraving, Cutting personal desktop factory on our successful & proven large format platform
A multi-function, CNC, 3D Printing, Laser, Engraving, Cutting personal desktop factory on our successful & proven large format platform Read more
About this project
We've designed our Creation Workstation to bring to you the best in fabrication technologies in a large, versatile, easy-to-use precision format. Our design approach was to create the combined machine and software solution that we would want to have in our own workshop.
A LARGE-FORMAT MULTI-MODE MACHINE
We've combined the ability to switch between 5 fabrication modes; precision CNC milling, powerful 2.8 Watt laser etching and cutting, 3D printing, drag-knife cutting and diamond tip engraving, all in one personal desktop fabrication factory.
With our large 15x13 inch workspace your project is not confined in a small box. Our 17x18 inch table offers ample space with the freedom to overhang and fit large objects into your project.
We've built upon this field-tested, battle-hardened, robust platform to create a highly-capable maker machine with everything you need to complete all aspects of your next project, start-to-finish. Now with one machine you can expand your creative horizon.
For example, mill your circuit board in the morning, cut out your aluminum space-frame over lunch, 3D print your enclosure and body pieces in the afternoon and assemble your new quadcopter that evening! The Creation Workstation combines all of these technologies, and more, into one highly-versatile system.
NEW AND INNOVATIVE ELECTRONICS AND SOFTWARE
At the heart of this exciting new USB machine is our new electronics that support all modes, including microstepping for high-precision CNC milling, thermal control for 3D printing and pulse width modulation for laser intensity control. Our microprocessor firmware and FabCAM desktop software work hand-in-hand to remove the need for complicated and elaborate setup and configuration. Simply plug in the Creation Workstation's USB cord and run FabCAM on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC and start creating.
To make it even easier for you we're including a full year's subscription to Autodesk's awesome Fusion360 CAD/CAM software (a $1,000 value) with your new Creation Workstation. We've partnered with Autodesk to enable their CAM software applications to output GCode specially for FabCAM, so you can go straight from design to production mode without any in-between editing or tweaking. With Fusion360's incredible capabilities and FabCAM's ease of use, you can create prototypes or finished objects rapidly and efficiently.
In addition FabCAM's native image processing tools allow you to go from photograph to milling lithopanes in just minutes.
SUPERB, ROBUST DESIGN & PRECISION
With purpose-made low-friction anodized aluminum guide rods and anti-backlash mechanisms standard on all axes, the Creation Workstation provides super-high resolution operation (up to 32,000 steps per inch, about 1 micron per step) with 99% repeatability. That means if your project calls for a drilling pass, your Creation Workstation can go back over your milled object and punch those holes precisely with the drill bit. This is very important for precision work such as PCB milling or jewelry making.
Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, each part is machined in an aerospace fabrication plant to tolerances good enough to put people in outer space! Our solid design requires no aligning, tweaking, adjusting or any other frustrating fine tuning to produce precision results.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE....
The Creation Workstation brings yet another new and exciting innovation to desktop fabrication. Simply hook up a webcam to your computer and FabCAM will use Augmented Reality to project a scaled 3D model of the project onto your video feed of the work table, allowing you to see the size, shape and extents of your project before you start. You can catch mistakes, see if the project is too big or interfering with any aspect of the workspace and if it's oriented correctly before wasting any time or materials finding out the hard way.
For those users working in sensitive environments the Creation Workstation has an optional custom-built isolation enclosure designed to contain noise, smoke or debris from whatever task you apply it to. So whether you are working in a busy makerspace or just one door down from a sleeping infant, the Creation Workstation is still the best solution for your project.
The Creation Workstation is a very capable and proven desktop CNC machine with 300W purpose-built spindle. It's native 4000 steps per inch can be increased to a super-high resolution of 32000 steps per inch by simply selecting microstepping on-screen. We have many customers around the world using our CNC machines with the ease of FabCAM to routinely create, prototype and build all sorts of projects. From orthodic shoe implants, to custom engraving, to model railroad parts our machine is well proven in the field.
No weak lasers around here! Our 2.8 Watt laser (rated, measured at 3W+) makes short work of most any etching and material cutting. FabCAM software converts milling or engraving GCode to laser code at the push of a button. FabCAM's image processing converts images to laser intensity arrays to etch images into the surface of your project material. All Creation Workstations with Laser Heads come with protective glasses for the safety of the user.
The Creation Workstation uses a MK8 extruder head with a 0.3mm nozzle using 1.75mm filament. Temperature to the extruder head and optional heated bed is controlled by it's own microprocessor with a temp readout LCD display. FabCAM software switches modes between 3D printing and the other modes at the click of a button and our system firmware shifts gears into 3D printing mode on-command. Because these functions are all integrated into our own software and firmware there is no configuration or complicated setup. It simply works well and all controls are available in real-time on-screen.
Our diamond tip engraving machines have been battle-tested in the field, engraving hundreds of custom metal badges and tags at a time for large events such as golfing tournaments. We have incorporated that technology into the Creation Workstation to provide you with a simple type in text, set position and engrave process for easy and quick results.
Our drag knife head transfers your design outline to cutting instructions on the Creation Workstation bed. When you're happy with how it looks on-screen, simply set the head and click the go button. The Creation Workstation will do the rest.
REMOVE THE LIMITS
With the Creation Workstation there are no longer limits on your imagination and creativity. This one versatile machine provides you with all the technology tools to expand your capabilities. Whether you need a precision machine part, a prototype circuit board, a new cover for your smart phone or a unique jewelry gift for a loved one, the Creation Workstation is the one tool in your workshop that can do it all.
Every Creation Workstation is designed, manufactured, assembled and tested in, and shipped from, California USA.
ALL Creative Workstation rewards come complete, ready assembled and thoroughly tested before leaving our shop. We include a 300W CNC Spindle head, FabCAM and Autodesk Fusion360 software, a set of 3 most popular end mills, 3 milling blocks to get you started, a custom XpertFab baseball cap and a VIP tech support and resources account on our website (includes manuals, project files, tutorials, FabCAM updates forever and additional software).
In addition to the base Creation Workstation....
+LASER: adds laser electronics, actively-cooled 2.8W 445nm laser head, protective glasses and case, and laser absorption board.
+3D PRINTING: adds Mk8 extruder head with 0.3 mm nozzle, 3D printing heater control electronics with LCD display and a starer spool of 1.75mm filament.
+DRAG KNIFE: adds aluminum drag knife cutting head, blade, pressure controller dial, mounts and a project grip mat.
+ENGRAVING: adds a industrial grade diamond tip engraving bit and metal starter plate.
+ENCLOSURE: adds our custom designed isolation cabinet to reduce noise, debris or smoke from your working environment. It's hatch is made from transparent laser-blocking material to alleviate the need for laser protection glasses (only when closed, of course).
- PROTOTYPE - [X]
- FIELD TESTING - [X]
- KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, May/June/July - [X]
- PLACE SUPPLIER ORDERS, July - [ ]
- SHIP REWARDS 1 & 2, August - [ ]
- SHIP FIRST CREATION WORKSTATIONS, August/September - [ ]
- SHIP EARLY BIRD REWARDS, September/October - [ ]
- SHIP PRODUCTION BATCH TWO REWARDS, November - [ ]
- SHIP EDU LAB PACKS, December - [ ]
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US
"I absolutely made the best decision to purchase my CNC router and related items from you guys as the support I've received from you and Julie has been absolutely phenomenal!" Josshe, Texas
"I got my CNC up and running and it works wonderfully.
Thank you for all your help."
"Success -Yes I've got it now. Thanks again for all your help. Liking the personal touch with your company -it pays off and is appreciated."
Clem, United Kingdom
"I appreciate the quick response and I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I have dealt with companies in the past where making a buck is of supreme importance over customer satisfaction and I am sincerely appreciative of you all resolving this matter the way you did....you all have come a long way with the product and have outstanding customer service. I will certainly recommend your shop to my friends and customers who are interested in learning about CNC and how to build or buy one of their own."
"Thanks for your detailed response. I really appreciated that you took the time and effort to provide such a meticulous explanation to my question. Anyone who takes the time to clarify questions as you did if definitely someone we want to work with."
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Risks and challenges
The Creation Workstation is a tested, proven product ready for production. All of our technologies have been thoroughly tested and all that remains is some final packaging of the new electronics. Then we have everything ready for volume production. With your backing we'll move to volume manufacturing and assembly to fulfill all rewards first and then bring this new and exciting product to the broader marketplace.
We are a manufacturing company, so we have years of experience in the design and manufacturing of desktop fabrication machines. Our suppliers are already dialed-in and have long-standing relationships with us. They are fast and responsive to our requests and know us well enough to work with us to overcome any unforeseen challenges. No need to set up new accounts or navigate new conditions - we're good to go.
While we are familiar with all aspects of the task ahead there can of course be unforeseen challenges. We will keep regular updates posted here on Kickstarter and should such challenges arise we will let everyone know what they are, what impact if any they will have and how we will solve or circumvent the challenge.
That being said, we are confident in our product and timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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